Shelley Smith

Pa. PUC Builds Its Own Road Map For Future of Philadelphia Gas WorksMayor Nutter testified that the sale of PGW is a "once-in-a-generation opportunity, with no comparable alternatives."
New Philadelphia GameStop Policy Requires Customer Fingerprints When Trading In GamesGameStop is now requiring its customers in Philadelphia, but not in the suburbs, to provide a fingerprint scan on certain transactions.
City of Philadelphia Asks To Impose Contract Terms in Stalled Blue-Collar Talks"This is another attempt to circumvent the collective bargaining process by the mayor," says District Council 33 president Pete Matthews. "It's not up to the courts to resolve a collective bargaining agreement. It's up to the mayor to sit down and work this out fairly."
Judge Nixes Nutter Administration Attempt To Tax Lap Dances at Strip ClubsThe Nutter administration has lost in its legal battle to tax lap dances performed in the back rooms of strip clubs.
Arbitrator Reinstates Workers Who Took 2nd Job With Phila. Rec DepartmentThe workers' attorney says the Recreation Department had hired them with full knowledge of those jobs, and in fact because of their experience -- mostly with the school district.
Legal Snag Could Delay Pay Boost For Phila. Tax Appeals BoardPay raises for members of the Board of Revision of Taxes could be delayed by a previous court ruling, even though City Council voted to raise their pay in an effort to break a logjam of cases.
NYC 'Stop-And-Frisk' Ruling Expected To Have Little Impact In PhillyA similar lawsuit in Philadelphia resulted in a settlement agreement two years ago, so Monday's ruling will have no impact here.
As City Council Probes Deadly Building Collapse, Official Says City Can't Be Held LiableCity solicitor Shelley Smith notes that the city government is immune from financial liability in accidents except for certain narrow exceptions, which don't apply in this tragedy.
Nutter Administration Hoping To Derail Court Fight With City's Blue-Collar UnionMayor Michael Nutter is asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to take up the question of whether he can impose a new contract on the city's blue-collar workers' union.
Nutter Administration Won't Appeal Pay Raises Given To Police UnionThe Nutter Administration has decided not to appeal two years of pay raises awarded by an arbitrator last month to the police union.
City's Effort To Sell Off PGW Gets Tangled In Purse Strings BattleCouncilwoman Marian Tasco, who chairs the Philadelphia Gas Commission, doesn't believe that PGW ratepayers should foot the bill for the privatization effort.
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